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Top Choice Sweets in Oebelo & Oesao

Inzana

A traditional sweet shop so popular, it exists on both sides of the road to service traffic. It would be rude not to try kue bajongko, a Kupang-specific cake made from coconut, flour and palm sugar steamed in banana…
Top Choice Waterfall in Soe

Air Terjun Oehala

Look for a road going north off the main highway, drive 6km and turn east at a sign for 'Oehala'. After 3km is a parking area, from which it's a short walk down steep steps to gushing water diffusing over huge bould…
Top Choice Market in Kupang

Pasar Malam

As tiny tailor shops finish up for the day, stallholders begin setting up this lamp-lit market. You're here for seafood, whether ikan (fish), cumi (squid), kepiting (crab) or udang (prawns), but you can also pick up…
Top Choice Indonesian in Kupang

Depot Bambu Kuning

A popular place for authentic Kupang se'i babi. Choose from chopped up meat or ribs, both served with rice and a rich pork soup with red beans. Sate and a couple of veg dishes are also available. Check out the outdo…
Top Choice Indonesian in Soe

Depot Remaja

This modest and clean diner specialises in succulent se'i babi, the iconic Kupang pork smoked over kesambi wood. But the fun doesn't stop there; try the warming pork soup – which is more of a stew – and one of the m…
Village in Kefamenanu

Maslete Village

Just 3.5km from Kefamenanu is this traditional village and sonaf (palace). Made from wood carved with mythical birds and an imposing grass roof with hanging dried corn, you'll find the king sitting on its sheltered …
Beach in Kupang

Pantai Tedis

Don't miss the atmosphere – or sunset – at this local hangout where Jl Soekarno intersects the oceanfront. Above, the sand vendors set up stalls and seating, while those in the know chow down on grilled corn and pis…
Indonesian in Baun

Se'i Babi Om Ba'i

The first place in Timor to serve se'i babi (smoked pork) in a rumah makan, and not just to families on special occasions. If you want to see the process, arrive around 8am. Strips of pork are served with rice and a…
Indonesian in Soe

Bundo Kanduang

If you’ve been waiting to find a fresh spot to try Padang food, originally hailing from West Sumatra, this is it. Point-and-choose from dishes stacked in the window, which come with rice and veg. There are chilli de…
Music in Oebelo & Oesao

Sasandu

A Rotenese musical-instrument workshop run by Pak Pah and his family, featuring traditional 32-stringed harps called sasandu, crafted from young palm leaf, red wood and bamboo. Now in his 80s, Pak watches over the s…